What About Wine

Our Dream began with wine. No, not a glass of wine, but actually about wine. The whole having a vineyard in France, making wine, type of dream. Pumpjack, our delicious Oenologist, has always worked in the wine industry, and then a few years ago he went on to get his degree in wine making and vineyards (otherwise known as Oenology and Viticulture). After working at other wineries around the world to hone his craft, we decided to take the plunge and Follow Our Dream of making our own wines. Here’s what it is like….

Chablis is a perfect example of Terroir. But what is terroir? Answers at PumpjackPiddlewick

I was walking through Chablis market this past Sunday and got to thinking how the wine from there is called ‘Chablis’ and not ‘Chardonnay’. You see, all the grapes growing around the town are Chardonnay. So, go figure. Elsewhere, for example, it would be, say ‘Californian Chardonnay’ or ‘Australian Chardonnay’.Read More →

Read a good book this weekend recommended by Vive le Livre Book Club at PumpjackPiddlewick

Ever heard of Biodynamics? Most of us are aware of Organic. Biodynamic goes beyond organic. It’s a whole culture in relation to wine. Biodynamic wine is grown and made following organic principles. Also lunar calenders, and a few other weird and wonderful ways that don’t really make sense. I meanRead More →

Read a good book this weekend recommended by Vive le Livre Book Club at PumpjackPiddlewick

As a partner in wine, I am always on the lookout for lovely little reads about the fermented grape. This time we are in Tuscany for a little sun and plonk, (how many words can you think of for wine?) as we recommend Cooking with Frenet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson.Read More →

Read a good book this weekend recommended by Vive le Livre Book Club at PumpjackPiddlewick

Joanne Harris is famous for her book Chocolat (another Bon Livre), but my personal favourite is Blackberry Wine. Not really surprising, as the overall concept is about wine (a personal favourite focus), but also I adore that it is narrated by a bottle of wine. That unusual aspect in itselfRead More →